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Guest borrower status is granted when qualifications are met. Application must be renewed yearly.

The resources and services of Vassar College Library are primarily intended to meet the needs of current students, faculty and staff of Vassar College. Guest borrowers are welcome to use the collections and services of the Library during regular building hours.  Due to licensing restrictions, some electronic resources cannot be accessed by guest borrowers.  Approved borrowers should be aware of Vassar College Libraries' Guest Borrower Privileges and Policies.

Ask for a guest borrower application at the Circulation Desk, apply online, or print a PDF version of the application.  Submit the completed application at the Main Library Circulation Desk along with materials such as your employment, college, program ID card, or other credentials that support your eligibility/need for a guest borrower card.  We also require a copy of your driver's license or other photo ID for address verification purposes.  

Eligibility: Guest borrower cards can be provided by the Main Library Circulation office to the following qualified residents:

Vassar alumni:  Please contact the CIS Card Office for information about obtaining an Alumni card, which can be used in the library once you have filled out a guest borrower application and have had your card validated at the Main Library Circulation Desk. You must live within a day's drive to campus to qualify for borrowing privileges. 

College faculty: (full or part time) of colleges or universities within the SENYLRC area (counties of Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster)

Cooperating teachers and field work supervisors: upon recommendation of the Education Department Chair or the Field Work Director. Forms are mailed directly to the Circulation department.

Teachers/administrators: who work in schools within the SENYLRC area (counties of Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster)

Librarians: in local public/school/college/special libraries

Ordained Members: of the clergy at local houses of worship

Doctoral candidates:  who have completed coursework and are writing a thesis/dissertation.

Scholars/Researchers/Writers/Professional Musicians/Faculty Emeriti: with demonstrated need of the use of a scholarly research collection


Policies and Privileges


Library Card: Your library card has been validated and is ready for use. Library cards are to be used only by the person to whom they are issued. Please carry your card at all times when in the Libraries.  You will need to fill out a new application each year and all renewals must be approved before privileges are renewed.  To avoid a disruption of borrowing privileges, fill out a new form and give to the circulation desk staff before your card' expires.  There is a replacement fee for lost cards.


Main Library Evening and weekends, the doors are locked; please use the intercom system to gain admittance. 

Music Library Access to Skinner Hall is to the Music Library facility only and does not include access to practice rooms, musical instruments, stages or teaching spaces. The posting of signs without the permission of the Music Department is prohibited.


There are V-Print printers/copies in the Main and Music Libraries.

A limited number of copiers in the Main Library are coin-operated.  The Main Library Circulation desk can make change.  A VPrint card is needed to print/copy from the rest. The VPrint card machine is located in the Main Library near the CIS Help Desk. The initial card costs $5 and has a value of $3.75. Value can be added to your card as needed.  

Interlibrary Loan/Annex Requests: Interlibrary Loan requests must be placed with your public or home library. Request books and journals stored in the Libraries' Annex through the online catalog. Annex items will be delivered within 24 hours barring weekends or unusual circumstances.

Borrowing and Fines

Loan Periods


Main Library:

Fines of exact change only may be paid during the following hours the Main Circulation Desk: 

Academic Year:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am-6:00 pm and 7:00 pm-11:30pm 

Friday: 8:30:a.m - 5:00pm and 6:00pm-9:30pm 

Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm and 6:00pm-9:30 pm 

Sunday: 10:00 am-1:00pm, 2:00 pm-5:00pm and 6:00pm-11:30pm 


Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 4:30 pm

Music Library:

Fines may be paid at the Music Library Circulation Desk Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm.